They’re bringing back the chinook salmon in Washington state rivers, where the populations have been destroyed by hydroelectric dams, among other things.
Although, I have to ask, did they really have to bring up the Program Manager’s sexuality in the text? I say that as someone entirely sympathetic with the anadromous lifestyle, and who would be swimming back to the sea myself if I weren’t so darned timid and straight-laced (I’d probably call myself diadromous, actually, I’m open-minded about which way you swing).
I had to look up what “anadromous” meant. It did not occur to me that it might be a joke until I did. It’s still not obvious that you didn’t mean it seriously. (The usual problem with written communications — irony and humor often come through.)
I’m also reading that salmon populations are dying out because the spawning streams are getting too hot. I wonder how that will affect these restocked fish?
Thomas Scott says
If you would be “swimming back to the sea…”, then you are confusing anadromous with catadromous (eels, and the like that spawn at sea).
OK that was legit funny, PZ.
he’s figuratively and literally genderfluid!
PZ Myers says
Yes, that was a joke.
And why do you think I said I’d be diadromous? I could swim either way.
I have not seen it in a while, but there was/is? a group of buddhist that would periodically release fish into Coal Harbor in Vancouver (I work around there). Every time they would have a little ceremony before opening their box’s and place the creatures into the water.
Well, the locals were a big fan of this event, and by locals I mean seals. They would swarm the little dock and probably have the best meal of the year those days.
I’ve always wondered if they learned to associate the ceremony with food. The gong being their dinner bell.
Crip Dyke, Right Reverend Feminist FuckToy of Death & Her Handmaiden says
Coal Harbor is fancy schmancy.
East Van or die.
@6: I’m sure they did. Seals have learned to associate boats with food (stealing fish that are being reeled in on fishing lines) and boat docks with food (waiting under fish cleaning stations for scraps).
@6: That’s a life release or mercy release. The idea is that you release an animal that was meant for slaughter, although in the case you mention I’d think it’s a matter of “out of the frying pan into the fire” for the fish. Not sure if that has the intended effect on the karma of the person doing the release.
Note that the Wiki article also mentions that it can be a way of introducing invasive species into an environment. Not sure if adding to the destruction mankind is wreaking on this planet helps you to achieve Nirvana.
Just the other day I saw a similar news story here in Finland. There’s a landlocked subspecies of Atlantic salmon that lives in Lake Ladoga, Russia and spawns in some adjacent rivers. The upper reaches of River Hiitolanjoki, in southeastern Finland, were blocked by hydroelectric dams a century ago, but the local salmon population survived by spawning in lower tributaries on Russian side of the border. Now they’re dismantling the dams on the Finnish side to open up more spawning habitat for the salmon.
@7: Well a bunch did, are you suggesting they move the ceremony to New Brighton Park for better results?
@8: COOOOOOL, smart little beasts. Thanks!
@9: Good point on the eco system and fire/frying pan. In this case if feels like religious box ticking. I did the thing with reverence, I get the points!